Craig DeLuz

Writer, Actor, Public Speaker, Media Personality
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Are the Republicans the REAL party for African Americans? Craig Says ‘Yes’

Folks… I thought I heard everything from my brother, Craig. However, today – the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – my brother argued (somewhat effectively) that the Republican Party is actually better-aligned with the issue interests of Blacks. That’s nothing new, as Blacks are thought to be rather conservative along a number of issues (crime and justice, abortion, religion, military service, and gun rights).

However, he also said something that shocked me: That America would be better off with McCain/Palin in the White House instead of Obama… Wow! Its one thing to say that Blacks are conservative, but its an entirely different thing to say the nation would be better off with the old guy and the young chick in charge – even with many conservatives holding their noses as they went to the polls to “support” the Republican ticket. But not Craig, folks! Oh no, not my brother! He obviously has not only drank the “kool aid” (yes, I said it!!!), but he’s in the back mixing up another batch for you and me to enjoy – NOT!

But, Craig said it, folks! Check it out

Let me know what you think….

Let’s pray for my brother… he obviously is in some sort of painful denial….

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!

Race, abortion, bad parenting, disbelief in global warming, you name it; there just seems to be a whole lot of topics that have been deemed “Out of Bounds” when it comes to public discourse.

If you even hint that you have doubts about man’s role in climate change, you are shouted down by the enviro-Nazis. If you dare suggest that lack of parental discipline MAY POSSIBLY play a role in why SOME students are failing is school or winding up in jail. I won’t even mention the many do’s and don’ts that come with the whole conversation of Race. It just seems to me that WE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

All this and more will be discussed during this week’s show.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, January 16th

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 11:30-12 noon (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

2008 Year in Review


2008 has been one of the most exciting and interesting years we have had in a long time, with “Change” being the key theme.

The presidential election set records for spending and ended with the election of our nation’s first Black President. The City of Sacramento also elected it’s first Black Mayor, ignoring the fact that Sacramento County has and incumbency rate of over 75%.

All this and more will be discussed during this week’s show.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, December 26th

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 11:30-12 noon (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

The Culture of Corruption- Is it conservative or liberal?

Sen. Ted Stevens, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Rep. Duke Cunningham and Rep. William Jefferson all have embarrassed their respective political parties with corruption scandals. And both parties have gone out of their way to point the finger at the other claiming that they are the cause of the “Culture of Corruption” in politics today.

So, who’s right?

All this and more will be discussed during this week’s show.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, December 12th

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 11:30-12 noon (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

DeLuz Brothers Discuss Mayor Johnson’s first 100 days on the Capitol Hour

TODAY, November 24th, KTKZ’s The Capitol Hour (12 noon to 1 pm) will feature the ongoing family feud of The DeLuz Brothers . We will be making predictions for the first 100 days of the Kevin Johnson administration. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Monday, November 24th

Station: KTKZ 1380AM

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.ktkz.com/ (for those of you out of the Sacramento Region)

TIME: 12 noon-1 pm (PST)

Call in Numbers: (916) 923-3300 or 1(800) 923-1380

Thought the 2008 elections were over? Think again!

The battle for CD 4 between Charlie Brown and Tom McClintock is still up in the air as they continute to count ballots. The same is true for AD 10 as GOP hopeful Jack Sieglock hopes to fend off his democratic opponent, Alice Huber.

And what can we expect from Sacramento’s Mayor-Elect, Kevin Johnson? He is in the minority (Only three of members of the nine seat city council supported him) and will be facing some of the toughest budget decisions any Sacramento leader has ever had to face.

All this and more will be discussed during this week’s show.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, November 21st

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 11:30-12 noon (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

In Case You Missed it:Activist twins are polar opposites politically


This weekend, the Sacramento Bee did a piece on my twin brother David and I. It was a really cool article. And I’m not just saying that because it is about me!

Activist twins are polar opposites politically

Outside the Pyramid Alehouse on 10th and K streets Thursday, it was hard not to notice the dapper DeLuz twins theatrically debating the great issues of our time.

They’re both 6-foot former linebackers and passionate activists well-known in Sacramento political circles.

Though Craig is sometimes confused for David and vice versa, that’s a giant mistake. Politically, the brothers are polar opposites.

David DeLuz – born 10 minutes before Craig on June 7, 1969 – is a liberal Democrat who proudly sports an Obama-Biden button and wears a blue tie and a navy blue suit.

Craig DeLuz – a quarter-of-an-inch shorter – is a conservative Republican in jeans and a gray pattern sport coat who staunchly defends McCain-Palin.

While there are physical differences between them, it’s really when the DeLuz brothers open their mouths that it’s easiest to tell them apart.

David opposes Proposition 8, which would ban gay marriage. Craig recently showed up at American River College to support a controversial student council resolution endorsing Proposition 8.

They vehemently disagree on abortion and the Iraq war.

In recent weeks they’ve heckled each other at a Black Political Forum in North Sacramento and an NAACP voter education rally at the state Capitol.

They also go at it on local radio and their blog: http://deluzbrothers. blogspot.com/.

“It’s just now getting to the point where people realize there are actually two of us,” David said. “I lost a politically connected position because they thought I was him.”

Craig said he lost a job when his potential employer found out he was the right-leaning DeLuz.

David, who was president of the Sacramento branch of the NAACP from 2002-2005, is an administrator with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation “focused on offender re-entry.”

Craig is Capitol director for Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore.

Despite their differences, David managed Craig’s 2000 campaign for Sacramento City Council (he lost to Sandy Sheedy).

“Our goal is the same, to have an engaged community that provides opportunities for everyone,” David said.

The twins haven’t bet on the presidential race “because David won’t give me enough points,” Craig said.

Craig predicts that “an Obama presidency and a Democratic Congress will be one of the best advertising tools for the Republican Party” because they’ll tax and spend Americans into oblivion.

Obama epitomizes style over substance, Craig said. “McCain is not the most attractive or the best speaker, but he’s challenging the administration and trying to find common ground, compared to a guy taking the easy route and saying whatever people want to hear.”

David fires back: “Your depiction of Barack Obama is way over the top. His record demonstrates a willingness to try new ideas. He’s right where we need to be. It’s about creating a middle class that can be a consumer class.”

The twins – born to an Italian American mother and an African American father in Richmond – were adopted by a black couple, John and Elevera DeLuz.

John Deluz, who grew up in Newport, R.I., the son of a Cape Verdian immigrant, joined the Air Force during World War II and was trained as an electrician.

But he couldn’t get a job in Oakland because the electricians union discriminated against blacks. So he wound up taking a job washing cars and later became a warehouse supervisor for Safeway.

“He’d say, ‘You’re just as good as anybody, but you’re no better than anybody, and you’re going to have to work twice as hard to get half as far as the average white boy,’ ” David said.

Both parents were dedicated Democrats.

The twins played football for DeAnza High in Richmond. Craig was nicknamed ” ‘Duke,’ for John Wayne, because I walked like a cowboy and was ready to draw down on anybody.”

“The one thing you did not want to do was mess with one of the DeLuz brothers because if you got in a fight with one of us you had three to five minutes before the other showed up,” Craig said.

Craig went to Chico State, where he became the first African American elected president of the student government. He began listening to Rush Limbaugh but didn’t become a Republican until after his son was born in April 1995.

That day, he realized $2,500 of his first big commission check for signing up members for the California Chamber of Commerce was being taken in taxes. “I said this is outrageous!”

Meanwhile, David attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and in 1988 was inspired by Jesse Jackson – the first black man to make a serious run for president.

“There have been a lot of heated arguments,” David said. “We argued a lot over Bill Clinton and morality in public service. Craig has the nerve to question the morals and ethics of Democrats in general – because we support abortion and gay rights, we are somehow morally inferior to the Republicans.”

“We argue about everything,” Craig said. “He’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan. I belong to Kappa Alpha Psi and he belongs to Phi Beta Sigma,” rival black fraternities.

Their mother, who disliked George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and loved Bill Clinton, “gave Craig a hard time until the day she died,” David said.

Inside the Pyramid Alehouse on Thursday, after the brothers fought over the last chicken wing, Craig declared his love for Sarah Palin.

“She’s got a reputation for taking on corruption and implementing fiscal conservatism. She took on the people who ran as Republicans and were spending like drunken liberals and booted them out.”

“Are you kidding me?” David responded. “That woman is clearly unqualified to serve as president.”

Craig contended: “Obama doesn’t say what change he’s about.”

David countered: “He’s definitely going to turn away from the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war and rely more on diplomacy, and he’s going to support working families rather than CEOs and big corporations.”

Jacques Whitfield, who worked with both brothers at the old Grant Joint Union High District where he served as general counsel from 1997 until earlier this year, says “they’re both very good at speaking up for their constituencies.”

Whitfield, now a management consultant, leans left, “but I respect Craig’s courage to stand up for what he believes in as an archconservative, even in this Democratic town where much of the agenda is progressive.”

Whitfield said Craig is a true believer and “interestingly enough, so is David. At the end of the day I love them both.”

DeLuz Brothers Launch Internet Radio Show- Tomorrow, FRIDAY, OCT. 10TH AT 9:30 AM

It’s finally here! David & Craig DeLuz will be launching their internet radio show tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. For years, the DeLuz’ have enjoyed many vibrant political debates at our family gatherings. Most of these discussions have featured the musings of two of Sacramento’s leading community activists and political figures; David & Craig DeLuz.

David De Luz, describes himself as a progressive Democrat. David’s community involvement has been primarily with liberal organizations. He has served as President of Sacramento Branch of the NAACP and the Chairman of the Ninth Assembly District Committee for the Sacramento Democratic Party.

Craig on the other hand is a conservative Republican and has focused his volunteer activities on more conservative efforts. He has been President of the California Black Republican council, founded the Republican Ethnic Coalition of Sacramento and currently serves as President of the California Republican Assembly’s Sacramento chapter.

Their diverse perspectives and brotherly bond will prove to bring an interesting twist to the discussion of cultural, political and social issues of the day.

To tune in simply go to http://www.deluzbrothers.com/ and click on the Listen Live Button at the top of the page.

You can even join the conversation by calling in at (347) 237-5073. We will be breaking down the upcoming election and much more. You don’t want to miss the fireworks!

Details Below:

When: Friday, October 10th

Station: Blogtalk Radio

Live Audio Steaming at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-DeLuz-Brothers

TIME: 9:30-10 am (PST)

Call in Number: (347) 237-5073

DeLuz Brothers Take Their Debate to the Airwaves- Monday July 7th from Noon – 1 pm

Monday, July 7, 2008 the “Hannity & Colmes” of Sacramento will take to the airwaves. Craig and David Deluz, twin brothers and hosts of DeLuzBrothers.com will be sitting in for Sacramento Political Talk Show Host Erick Hogue. The show, known as The Capitol Hour airs from Noon to 1 pm on 1380 AM, KTKZ.

For years, the DeLuz’ have enjoyed many vibrant political debates at family gatherings. Most of these discussions have featured the musings of David & Craig DeLuz; two of Sacramento’s leading community activists and political figures.

“Anyone who has ever spent any time with David & I know that we can tend to have some very heated discussions.” Craig points out, “But what is different about our family debates is that both of us are politically involved and knowledgeable about the issues we discuss.”

David De Luz, describes himself as a progressive Democrat. David’s community involvement has been primarily with liberal organizations. He has served as President of Sacramento Branch of the NAACP and the Chairman of the Ninth Assembly District Committee for the Sacramento Democratic Party.

Craig on the other hand is a conservative Republican and has focused his volunteer activities on more conservative efforts. He has been President of the California Black Republican council and founded the Republican Ethnic Coalition of Sacramento. Presently he is the Sacramento Editor for RedCounty, a website featuring center right news and commentary from throughout the state and serves as President of the California Republican Assembly’s Sacramento chapter.

Together their diverse perspectives and brotherly bond have proven to bring an interesting twist to the discussion of cultural, political and social issues of the day.

“This is an opportunity to share with others a fact that Craig and I have know for years – two people who see the world so differently can disagree and still get along in love and brotherhood.” Says David, “We have much respect for each other, and largely agree on the type of world we want to leave future generations – we just really disagree on how to get there.”

“So sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks” exclaim the brothers “Who knows, you may just find some ‘news you can use’ and get entertained in the process!”

SHOW DETAILS:

When: Monday, July 7th From 12 noon to 1pm
Station:1380 AM KTKZ
Call in Number: 916-923-3300 or 888-923-1380
Listen Online: http://www.ktkz.com/

DeLuz Brothers Take Family Debate to the Public Square

For years, the DeLuz’ have enjoyed many vibrant political debates at our family gatherings. Most of these discussions have featured the musings of two of Sacramento’s leading community activists and political figures; David & Craig DeLuz.

David De Luz, describes himself as a progressive Democrat. David’s community involvement has been primarily with liberal organizations. He has served as President of Sacramento Branch of the NAACP and the Chairman of the Ninth Assembly District Committee for the Sacramento Democratic Party.

Craig on the other hand is a conservative Republican and has focused his volunteer activities on more conservative efforts. He has been President of the California Black Republican council, founded the Republican Ethnic Coalition of Sacramento and currently serves as President of the California Republican Assembly’s Sacramento chapter.

Their diverse perspectives and brotherly bond will prove to bring an interesting twist to the discussion of cultural, political and social issues of the day.

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This is going to be a lot of fun!

Anyone who has ever spent any time with David & I know that we can tend to have some very heated discussions. But what is different about our family debates is that both of us are politically involved and knowledgeable about the issues we discuss. Also, I know my brother’s heart. And while I won’t hesitate to call him a bleeding heart liberal when appropriate, I know that he genuinely cares for people and is interested in “Good Government”- as if there truly were such a thing! 🙂

In any case, I hope you enjoy reading our posts as much as I am sure we are going to enjoy writing them.

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Now it is really “ON”!!!!!

Finally, a forum worthy of an epic battle of good and evil, right and wrong…. of me and ‘the other brother from another planet’!

Seriously, this blog is an opportunity to share with others a fact that Craig and I have know for years – that two people who see the world so differently can disagree and still get along in love and brotherhood. We’ve always been at odds – he loves the Cowboys, I am a Steelers’s fan; he used to love the Lakers while I loved the 76ers (yes – and we can force him to admit his “Smell-A” love affair in the middle of the Capitol rotunda if you put enough pressure on him!!!!). But that never stopped us from kicking someone else’s behind if you mess with either one of us!

We have much respect for each other, and largely agree on the type of world we want to leave future generations – we just really disagree on how to get there.

So sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks – and who knows, you may just find some “news you can use” and get entertained…